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As we build solutions for our customers, we take into account the many emerging technologies associated with ERP solutions, and it is no easy task deciding what to pursue. Two areas that have come up recently as we are developing our next generation user experience are HTML5 and in-memory databases. The user interface (UI) and more importantly the user experience (UX) of an application is essential to the effectiveness of users and therefore manufacturers. The UI is like the clothing of the application: it must be fit for purpose, give a particular message style and constantly change to stay in fashion. The Latest In Web and Mobile UI: HTML5 In QAD’s experience, UI technologies change every three to five years. QAD’s application UIs have evolved from character (i.e., Telnet), to GUI, to early browser, to .NET and now to modern browser and mobile. QAD has adapted t... (more)

Technology Reviews: Interoperability and the API Economy

Interoperability technologies have swung in and out of favor over the last few years. The most recent trend has been fueled by the proliferation of APIs from cloud-based products coupled with the simplification of the methods used to call application programming interfaces, APIs, called REST APIs. REST stands for “representational state transfer.” REST APIs And Mobile Computing REST APIs have grown in popularity due to the massive growth of mobile computing. Mobile operating systems like iOS and Android did not originally support complex data structures and protocols like XML and ... (more)

Technology Reviews: Cloud Service Providers

We understand that deciding on emerging technologies is not an easy task, and when QAD started looking for partners to provision cloud services a decade ago, there were few options. Today there are dozens of global CSPs and the competition is fierce. This is great for QAD’s cloud customers. It controls costs and forces the many CSPs to simultaneously invest in technology in pursuit of delivering excellent service levels. Working With Cloud Service Providers QAD, unlike several other ERP vendors, has decided not to work exclusively with only one CSP, although choosing one would hav... (more)

Technology Reviews: IoT and 3D Printing

The Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D Printing are rapidly evolving technologies that are changing manufacturing and will continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Investing in IoT for Manufacturing Starting with IoT, QAD started offering QAD Automation Solutions, a shop floor data collection and label printing set of capabilities and services, in 2015. QAD made this investment because the shop floor and the supply chain are becoming highly automated and integrated – primarily through robotics and IoT. QAD Automation Solutions acts as a foundational IoT backbone for customers.... (more)

Technology Reviews: Cloud ERP

QAD takes technology innovation very seriously, and although we want to stay current and provide the best for our customers, we want to make sure that we’re investing in the right things. Deciding on emerging technologies is no easy task. Though QAD constantly tracks and considers newer technologies, there are some relatively recent technologies and trends closely associated with ERP solutions. Cloud, for example, is one of the more well known trends impacting the ERP space. Why We Invested In Cloud Early QAD was an early mover on cloud compared to most of its established on pre... (more)